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I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the East Side, in an area known as Collinwood; near East 158th and St. Clair. I really enjoyed growing up there and would not trade it for anything. The friendships I made in elementary school, Holy Redeemer, and in High School at Borromeo and St. Joseph (now called Villa Angela - St. Joseph's) are priceless and some of those friendships are still in force. I worked most of my youth in the family business, DiLillo Brothers Dry Cleaners, for his grandfather, and at DiLillo Brothers Men's Wear which I worked at for my uncle.
In my youth I also enjoyed Scouting. Spending a great portion of it with the Boy Scouts, it influences my life in a very positive way. The ideals of Scouting - the Oath and Law – served me as I entered the world of the adult, and even today they act as a moral compass, guiding my actions to be the man my family is proud of in all aspects of my life.
Spending just over 14 years in the US Air Force, I managed to see a fairly large chunk of this 3rd stone from the Sun, my only regret during my Air Force career was never making it below the equator; so I never got to see the toilet swirl the other way. During my career with the military my favorite assignment was to Colorado, where I was able to camp in the Rocky Mountains, a close second is the 2 years I was living in Keflavik, Iceland; a place where my new wife and I became the best of friends.
My wife Tammy, and my daughter Allison and son Gregory all live in Georgia. You cannot forget to mention my cat, Snip, who is like a little buddy. Always in the room, but you may or may not see him. When guests arrive, though, Snip is there at the door to greet them. Sitting patiently until the new arrival acknowledges he is there, then he stays in whatever room the most humans are inhabiting.
Scouting is still a very large part of my life, especially teaching new adults the skills needed to not just survive outdoors, but to reinforce the way they need to be taught to the leaders of tomorrow. Camping is a great way to decompress and gain insight into what is hidden in the inner recesses of the mind. Nature has a way of bringing all things into clarity; even when you spend all night arguing with a 50 pound raccoon over the left over cobbler in the Dutch Oven, the same Dutch Oven you said you would clean up in the morning. To that end I took on the role of Scoutmaster for the troop at my church. Life as a Scoutmaster is a lot different than life as an Assistant Scoutmaster, people expect you to act like an adult. Oh well, too bad!
My current Scouting role(s) is as a Commissioner of a Pack and a Troop, a Chartered Organization Representative for Troop 1294, sponsored by American Legion Post 294 where I am the Junior Vice Commander, and the 5th District of Georgia, American Legion Scouting Chairman. I am also on staff for the Atlanta Area Council Wood Badge course 92-82 as a Troop Guide.
My day job is as an EDI B2B Integration Specialist, or an EDI Developer. Take your pick, they both mean the same thing. A fancy way to tell someone you work with computers to translate data from one format to another. I calls himself a digital mailman. I move the data and information files from one place to another, but I do not own or I am not responsible for the data in any way. So, a mailman! After all - the mailman don't write the letters, only moves them from point A to point B.
All in all I enjoy the same things most people do, watching good programs on TV, walking through the mall hand in hand with his wife, and taking the occasional vacation to interesting places. But most of all, I like camping!